Jan 27, 2013 6:00am PST
have a team that seems to be more in sync with president obama and they want a very small footprint. you talked in your book about training the afghan security forces, are they ready for a total withdrawal of u.s. troops when the time comes? >> i think they are not ready for lack of a strategic partnership in america. i wouldn't try to tell senior officers how many people are required. we've offered a strategic partnership. >> does that mean troops? >> it means trust. and it's more important to put an action with that. the people lack certainty. lack confidence. they are terrified about 2014. not because they are afraid they will lose progress, but that they want to see from america is enough engagement to show we won't abandon them. >> what is that? >> i asked president karzai he wanted. and he said i want american business. i want american business to be making a profit. because if you are here and making a profit, you will have a stake in our security. one kind of indicator. i think it will probably be necessary for us to provide some security help. but they have got to stand up.
Jan 27, 2013 9:00am PST
, that we now have a team that seems to be more in sync with president obama and they want a very small footprint, you talked in your book. are they ready for a u.s. troop withdrawal when the time comes. >> i certainly wouldn't try to sell senior officers exactly how many people are required. but i think we have offered a strategic partnership to afghanistan. >> it means trust, and it's more difficult to put a perfect calculation to that. the problem with the afghan government and people is they lack certainty, they look confidence. they're terrified by 2014, not because there's been no progress, but because they're afraid they'll lose that progress. in 199, they turned their back on the region. i think what they need to see from america is enough engagement to show that we are not going to abandon them. >> i went to ask president karzai. i wantmen business here to be making a profit, because if you were here and making a profit, then you'll have a stake in our security. i think that's one kind of indicator. i think it l probably be necessary us -- it's time for them to protect their so